King of the Nerds is in the middle of its third season on TBS right now, and it’s better than ever, just incredibly enjoyable competition reality television.
For the not-yet-addicted, I wrote about why you should be watching King of the Nerds for HitFix.
The reasons I listed are pretty much the same things that I’ve loved since I first reviewed the show in 2013, and include its cast, challenges, and strategy. All of its elements have been particularly strong this season: The secret cross-team alliance is smart and interesting, although certainly we’re not talking about even Big Brother-level strategizing here. Once again, the show has been well-cast, with a mix of personalities from sensitive to explosive. (I am going to miss Todd and Ori, who were both simultaneously sympathetic and exasperating characters.)
While the series does a good job with the standard reality competition format, King of the Nerds delivers unexpected moments, from Moby being a self-professed dick of a guest judge to the editors’ playful illustrations of the contestants’ sit-down interviews.
It’s the kind of show I could probably recap week to week, but especially now that it’s on Friday nights, I just like to settle in and watch.